FIRES IN 1897.
In the United States and Canada there were 2,085 fires where the estimated loss was not less than $10,000, the most destructive of which was that at Pittsburgh, Pa., in May last, when Horne’s dry goods store, the wholesale grocery of Jenkins & Co., and several business houses were destroyed. The total loss for the year amounted to $110,319,650 as compared with $129,839,700 in 1895, and $115,655,500 in 1896. These fires are classified as follows:
In the year closed there were twenty-one fires in which the loss was over half a million dollars, as follows: Nashville, Tenn., several business blocks, $600,000; Philadelphia, Pa., umbrella factory and other, $750,000; Hariisburg, Pa., State Capitol building. $750,000; Philadelphia, Pa., electric power house, $500,000; St. Louis, Mo,, dry goods store, $1,300,000; Knoxville, Tenn., several business houses, $1,000,000; New Orleans. La , business block, $500,000; Newport News, Va.. railroad piers and shipping property, $1,500,000; Pittsburgh, Pa., dry goods store and several business houses, $2 300,000; Hoboken, N. J.. flathouses, factory, and other, $700,000; Ellis Island, N. Y., Immigration Bureau buildings, $650,000; Peoria, Ill., grape sugar refinery, $600,000; Big Horn county, S. Dak., forest fires, $500,000; Washington, D. C,, railroad power house and other, $750,000; Detroit, Mich., opera house and other, $750,000; Windsor. N. S.. various, $1,250,000; Middlesborough. Ky., machinery works, $500,000; Philadelphia. Pa., carpet store and other, $800,000; Grand Porks, N. Dak., various. $650,000; Cleveland, Ohio, several business blocks, $675,000; Chicago, III., Coliseum building, $772,000.
At Brockton, Mass., last year there were 160 alarms of fire, with a loss of $46,413.